Caring For Your New Landscape

CARING FOR YOUR NEW LANDSCAPE

  1. Check all plants weekly. Check newly planted annuals and perennials every few days for the first two weeks. Simply dig around the root ball with your fingers to a depth of 2-3”. Water generously when the soil feels dry to the touch.
  2. Slow, deep watering is preferred. This type of watering is accomplished by placing the hose at the base of a plant, with the flow about the size of a nickel, and water 5-10 minutes for small plants – longer for large plants.
  3. When the soil feels moist do not water. Soil must be allowed to dry out between waterings. If a plant is maintained in constantly moist soil, the plant’s health will deteriorate over time. A plant weakened by over watering may die of oxygen deprivation or become susceptible to pest and disease.
  4. Monitoring water requirements frequently is more important than watering frequently. Monitor your plants’ water requirements for at least the first two to three years. Plants close to buildings where heat may reflect and plants under roof eaves require closer monitoring. During the hot summer months and early fall disregard natural rainfall. Often, rain received during these period produces mostly runoff and contributes little, if any, to increasing ground moisture.
  5. Maintain a 2-3" mulch layer to help conserve ground moisture, prevent weeds and retain moisture. Excess amounts of mulch will result in poor air circulation and reduce plant vigor.